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Pile-up claims life
A man died after he was involved
in a multi-car crash in peak-hour
traffic in Wellington last evening.
Emergency ser vices were called
to the scene about 5.30pm with
several reports of vehicle collisions
on State highway 1. The 51-year-old
man was taken by Wellington Free
Ambulance to Wellington Hospital
but had since died, police said. The
serious crash unit has been notified.
Fire damages home
A two-storey house has been
severely damaged in a fire that closed
part of State highway 1 in Blenheim.
The Fire Ser vice was alerted about
7pm yesterday and eight crews spent
two hours putting out the blaze. A
spokesman said firefighters remained
at the scene to ensure the fire did not
flare up again. There was no one in
the house at the time. The incident
led to the closure of the highway
between Lybster Street and Alabama
Road. — NZN
Chemical store blaze
A large fire has been put out after
tearing through a building used to
store chemicals in south Auckland.
The blaze, at the Koppers building
in Mayo Road in Wiri, broke out
just before 4am today, a Fire Ser vice
spokesman said. At its height, 19
fire crews with about 80 firefighters
battled the blaze at the three storey,
100 square metre building. They
managed to confine the fire to one
corner of the structure. After the fire
was extinguished crews ventilated
the factory and started salvage work.
Car hits Warehouse
One person received minor injuries
after a car drove into a Warehouse
store in Whangarei. Emergency
ser vices were called the scene on
Port Road about 10am yesterday. The
driver received minor injuries, but
no one else was hurt, after the car
mounted the footpath and crashed
into the building, police said.
Crime levy aids victims
The $50 offender levy that has been
imposed on sentenced offenders
since 2010 has generated more than
$25 million — money used to help
victims of crime. It has funded grants
for homicide and sexual violence
victims to help with funeral expenses,
lost income and counselling, as well
as grants for victims who needed to
travel to court, restorative justice or
parole hearings. During the 2015-16
financial year the levy collected $3.2
million and this year it is tracking
towards $3 million. — NZ N
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IHC disability support workers call strike
A flat screen television was thrown
out of a window of a stolen car as it was
being pursued, Auckland police say.
The silver Mazda MPV went on to hit
three other vehicles before it was finally
Police spotted the car, which was linked
to a burglary in Epsom earlier in the day,
being driven dangerously in Penrose
Auckland Metropolitan commander
Inspector Kerry Watson said officers
tried to pull it over, but the driver did not
During the ensuing pursuit towards
Counties Manukau, via Pakuranga, the
television set was thrown on to the road.
Because of the risks, police patrols
pulled out of the sight of the car, while
the Eagle helicopter followed from
About 3.40pm, it went over spikes laid
on Cavendish Drive and came to a stop
shortly after hitting two parked cars.
Mr Watson said two occupants were
arrested and would face a number of
charges. — NZN
Tv thrown from
car in chase
Customs officers have made a
$3.2 million cocaine seizure at Auckland
A Brazilian woman is now spending
her 29th birthday in prison today after
being accused of attempting to smuggle
the 4.6kg haul into the country, Customs
She arrived on a morning flight from
Brazil via Chile on April 2, where
she was questioned and searched by
Customs officers before x-rays showed
inconsistencies in her bags.
When the bags were drilled traces of
cocaine were found leading officers to
eventually extract 4.6kg, Customs said.
Customs investigations manager Bruce
Berry said his teams used intelligence
information to have “a really good idea”
about which arriving passengers they
should take a closer look at.
“Customs work is led by intelligence
and we do extensive screening to identify
those that may pose a risk,” he said.
The woman is due to appear in the
Manukau District Court on April 7.
disabilities services provider IHC
New Zealand’s operational branch
have voted to strike after pay
Union E Tu says 98% of its 1500
members working for Idea Ser vices
have backed taking industrial action
Workers and the union have been
unable to get Idea to even consider a
pay rise in half a year of talks, union
advocate Alastair Duncan said.
“For six months, we have been
asking Idea to make a series of
modest changes to the collective
agreement around issues of job
security, consultation and health and
safety,” he said.
“Not only has Idea yet to make a
single substantive offer; they have so
far refused to consider any pay rise
The strike action comes just weeks
after Idea announced ser vices cuts,
which are expected to affect about 5%
“This is a workforce of long-
ser ving, hard-working and caring
staff who must work long hours to
make a modest income,” Mr Duncan
Details of the strike are expected
to be released following a planned
meeting next week.
IHC human resources general
manager Ross Maden says continuing
Government pay equity talks are the
major clog in the process.
“The Government and unions have
yet to reach a settlement for pay equity
across the disability sector and this is
frustrating our attempts to settle our
collective employment agreements,”
“ We appreciate this has created
uncertainty and is unsettling for our
While IHC was pleased the
Government had last year accepted
the joint working group on pay
equity’s recommendations, it meant
details such as levels of funding had
not been worked out, Mr Maden
“ We remain hopeful that a pay
increase is coming and remain
available to continue the negotiations
with the union at any time. ” — NZN
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The wife of millionaire hotelier
Earl Hagaman says they want
up to $2.35 million in damages
from Labour leader Andrew
Little so her husband can die
Mr Hagaman and his wife
Lani are both suing Mr Little for
defamation before a jury of 12 in
the High Court at Wellington.
It stems from comments Mr
Little made in a press release and
subsequent radio and television
statements in April last year about
a $100,000 donation made by Mr
Hagaman to the National Party a
month before his company, Scenic
Hotels, was awarded a contract
to operate Niue’s Matavai luxury
The resort is heavily funded by
the New Zealand Government
and is owned by a trust on behalf
of Niue’s Government.
A jury of three women and nine
men yesterday heard opening
remarks from the Hagamans’
barrister, Richard Fowler, QC,
while Mrs Hagaman was also
called to give evidence.
Mr Fowler said statements the
couple took issue with included
claims by Mr Little that the
timing of the donation and the
contract “stinks to high heaven”
plus references to “questionable
deals” that caused New Zealand
to “slide down international
Mr Little will give evidence
in his defence, but the jury will
first hear from eight witnesses
in support of the Hagamans’
claim, including their 19-year-old
daughter Toya and National Party
president Peter Goodfellow.
Mrs Hagaman told the court
her husband suffers from a pre-
leukaemic condition and the
family was told last week he has
weeks to live.
“He was furious, he was very
upset,” Mrs Hagaman said,
describing her husband of 25
years’ reaction to the press
Mr Fowler told the jury that Mr
Little sought to resolve the matter
two weeks ago with an offer of an
apology and $100,000 to cover
That offer was refused by the
Hagamans, who claim that
amount would not cover their
costs. Mr Little later made a
public apology and the same
compensation offer, which was
Mrs Hagaman told the court
she needed to make sure her
husband’s name was cleared of
any connection to corruption.
“Earl needs to be able to die
with dignity,” she said.
The couple are each seeking
optimum compensation of
$500,000 for the press release and
$100,000 each for five follow-up
They are also seeking $350,000
each in exemplary damages,
bringing the total optimum
amount sought to $2.35m.
It will be for the jury to decide
the amount of damage to be
awarded to the couple if they find
Mr Little defamed them.
Mr Little is seeking to raise
a defence of qualified privilege,
which would protect him even
if it was found his remarks were
The trial before Justice Karen
Clark is expected to last five days.
Little’s $100,000 offer rejected
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Labour leader Andrew Little, left, leaves the High Court at Wellington yesterday with his lawyer, John
Recreational divers have
discovered a car submerged
in Nelson’s harbour and
it may be linked with the
disappearance of a local
teen seven years ago.
The divers discovered the
vehicle off Wakefield Quay
on Monday afternoon,
Inspector Mat Arnold
It will be recovered today
and police divers will also
search the harbour.
Police were looking at the
possibility it was connected with missing
persons cases, Mr Kelly said.
Nelson’s stand-out missing person
case is Leo Lipp-Neighbours, who,
along with his distinctive orange Toyota
Corolla stationwagon, were last seen in
the city on January 24, 2010.
Police have previously said they believe
the disappearance of the then 19-year-
old was the result of foul play.
The Canterbury University student
was last seen leaving a friend’s Nelson
flat at 4am on January 24, 2010. He told
friends he was going to be “at one with
Despite searches by police, family and
friends, no trace had been found of him
or his vehicle since.
In 2014 police raided properties in
Blenheim looking for items which
belonged to him, including
engine parts from his
At the time, police
said there was reason to
believe those items could
lead to charges of murder,
manslaughter or grievous
Police launched a recovery
operation at Wakefield
Quay in Nelson after a
vehicle was discovered
submerged in the water
yesterday, Fairfax reported.
Last night, police divers
attached lines to a similarly-shaped car
found submerged earlier in the day at a
Port Nelson berth used by super yachts.
It is believed the anchor chain of a
vessel at the Wakefield Quay berth
became snagged, leading to the discovery
of the vehicle.
Mr Kelly said it had been there for
some time but it was too early to say
what type of vehicle it was.
“ We are just covering all bases. With
the location, with the vehicle, it is a
Commercial divers had been down but
it was murky and the car looked “like a
Police had been in touch with Leo’s
family to let them know what was going
on but that did not necessarily mean that
it was Leo’s car, Mr Kelly said. — NZN
About 16% of Australian doctors
have Googled their patients,
according to a new study, however,
New Zealand doctors have slammed
The study, How Doctors View and
Use Social Media, found that of 187
Australian doctors who responded to
the on-line sur vey, 16.1% admitted to
having searched for publicly available
information on their patient on-line.
In an emergency 37.8% of doctors
agreed it was appropriate to search
on-line for information about a
patient while 26.7% said no and
35.6% were unsure.
As part of regular clinical practice,
42.8% said it was inappropriate and
40.6% were unsure.
The reports’ authors questioned if
a post on Facebook about a suicide
attempt was any different to a written
suicide note, arguing few would have
any ethical concerns about reading
New Zealand Medical Association
president Stephen Child said
searching for information on-line
was “extremely unusual” and not a
trend among New Zealand medical
professionals. He doubted the figure
would be as high as 16%, suggesting
it was more likely to be 1% to 2%.
“A doctor patient relationship is
based on trust. Trust is based on
honest communication. ”
Dr Child said patients needed to be
honest with their doctors and doctors
needed to be upfront in their dealings
with patients. “ You would never ever
think of checking up on a patient. If
they say they had stopped smoking,
you would have to believe them,” he
said. “I think it ’s inappropriate for
doctors to ever do that.”
Dr Child said he could not think
of an ethical reason for Googling
patients that would not be part of
honest communication between
patient and doctor.
He said such actions were
more likely to undermine future
communication, than do good.
“The only time that should ever be
breached is if it’s going to save the
patient or save others,” he said.
Association of Salaried Medical
Specialists executive director Ian
Powell said it was not something he
had come across but agreed it would
generally be wise for doctors to avoid
looking up patients on-line.
In the Medical Council of New
Zealand’s statement on the use of the
internet and electronic communication,
published in December 2016, doctors
were advised to exercise restraint in
seeking information about patients.
“Patients have expectations of
privacy and may choose not to
disclose certain information to you
in a clinical setting, even when that
information is openly accessible on-
line. If you consider that it is medically
necessary to view patients’ websites or
on-line profiles, seek their permission
before accessing those sites. You
should also confirm the accuracy and
relevance of on-line information with
the patient before using it to inform
your clinical decision-making or
entering it into the patient record,”
the statement said.
— NZ ME-New Zealand Herald
Aust doctors admit studying patients on Google
PM criticised for
ruling out SAS inquiry
Prime Minister Bill English is facing
criticism for deciding not to hold an
inquiry into allegations Special Air
Ser vice troops were involved in civilian
deaths in Afghanistan.
Mr English announced yesterday
there would not be an investigation into
claims made in the book Hit and Run
because he did not believe there was
evidence Afghani villagers died during
the operation in 2010.
The authors, war correspondent Jon
Stephenson and investigative reporter
Nicky Hager, claimed six civilians were
killed — two by SAS ground forces
and four by United States helicopter
gunships — and 15 were injured during
an attack on two villages.
The NZDF says troops were never
in the villages named in the book and
Operation Burnham took place about
2km away, resulting in nine insurgents
It has acknowledged there may have
been civilian casualties caused by a
helicopter gunsight fault.
Mr English has seen a video of the
operation and he has been briefed by the
chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant-
General Tim Keating.
“There is no room for doubt about
the basic facts of what happened. I am
satisfied there is no evidence of civilian
casualties,” he said.
Mr Hager said Mr English’s decision
was disappointing and concerning.
“ He has joined the people trying to
hide and dodge over what happened,”
“This does not appear to be a rational
decision based on evidence, it is helping
the military bureaucracy avoid having to
front up. It is the next step in the seven
year cover-up. ”
Labour leader Andrew Little said the
need for an inquiry remains.
“ Bill English has again failed to do the
right thing. If there was a chance that
there were civilian casualties then we
need to get to the bottom of it,” he said.
“The accounts depicted by the Defence
Force and the writers of Hit and Run
present two very different viewpoints;
somewhere in the middle is the truth. ”
Plane crash couple mourned
The Clutha district went quiet
yesterday as it mourned the loss of
two of its young people.
Couple Thomas Evans, 30, and
Jenna Craig, 26, were killed in a
microlight plane crash near Kaka
Point on Sunday.
Mr Evans, a farmer, worked on
the family farm near Clydevale
and played for the O waka premier
Coach Steve Clement said Mr
Evans was “roped in” to play this
season. “ We were in danger of not
being able to put a team together
because of a lack of a front row.
“ Tom wasn’t a big guy but he had
a great technique . . . (he was) really
strong and he did a lot of gym work
— he kept himself really fit.”
Mr Clement had previously
played rugby with Mr Evans in the
Clutha senior reser ves team.
“He was a general good bugger.
“He was always willing to help out
and was friendly and good natured
— just a good guy.”
According to his Facebook page,
Mr Evans had previously studied
at Harper Adams University, which
specialises in agriculture sector
education, in Shropshire, England.
Miss Craig, from Warepa,
attended South Otago High
School before beginning work in
The families of Mr Evans and Miss
Craig requested privacy yesterday,
while Miss Craig’s colleagues were
asked not to talk to media.
Otago Aero Club chief flying
instructor John Penno said Mr
Evans bought the plane from the
c lub recently.
He said he did not know Mr
Evans personally, but had been told
the pair were “a lovely couple”.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
investigators arrived at the crash
scene, at a farm in Wright Road,
in Glenomaru Valley, yesterday
Steve Rogers said authority
safety investigators met police
yesterday morning and were given
an extensive briefing and a large
selection of photographs of the
“It is expected the data analysis
and review of inter views and reports
and police assistance will enable the
authority to identify the possible
cause or causes of the accident.
“However, it is far too early to
speculate,” Mr Rogers said.
— Otago Daily Times
Thomas Evans and Jenna Craig.
A 10-storey office building in
Wellington is to be demolished, more
than five months after the initial quake,
the building owner spokesman says.
Revera House, on Mulgrave Street,
was damaged during the November
Kaikoura earthquake and was “too
expensive to repair”, Mark Crosswell
The building, formerly home to the
Education Review Office, would cost
just as much to repair the building as to
build an exact replica, he said. Next on
the list for demolition is Defence House
on Aitken Street. — NZN
Wellington building coming down
Three people have been arrested over
the death of a gang member who was
dropped off at a St John ambulance
station in Whangarei.
John “John Boy ” Harris, 37, died from
his injuries from a gunshot wound to the
chest in October last year.
A 41-year-old man has been charged
with a number of offences including
murder and is due to appear in
Whangarei District Court today.
A 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old
woman were arrested on Friday and have
been charged with accessory after the
fact to murder.
“ We hope that it will bring some
closure to Mr Harris’s friends, whanau
and to the Whangarei community, “
detective senior sergeant John Miller
said in a statement.
Mr Harris was a patched Tribesmen
gang member, and it i thought he was
shot the result of an internal gang dispute
over a vehicle, police said in October.
An Auckland man has pleaded not
guilty to a charge of dangerous driving
causing death and two other charges
relating to a fatal Queenstown crash.
Jiaxuan Goh, 24, who lives in Parnell,
allegedly caused the death of Susan
Cullen in a head-on car crash on
Mrs Cullen, 49, an Australian, was
pronounced dead at the scene on
Gibbston Highway (State highway 6),
near the Crown Range turn-off, despite
the efforts of emergency ser vices staff.
Goh is also charged with two counts
of dangerous driving causing injury,
to Terry Cullen and Jia Xin Neo. The
Cullens were on holiday in the resort.
Goh, through his lawyer Louise
Denton, entered three not guilty pleas to
the charges on Friday. He did not appear
Goh was remanded for a case review
hearing in the Queenstown District
Court in May. — Otago Daily Times
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